Okay so I’ve already switched up my workouts.
For the last 3 weeks I’ve been following a routine inspired by Thinner, Leaner, Stronger. I just have to sub a few exercises since I don’t have cables or a leg press machine but it’s all good.
StrongLifts 5×5 is a solid workout program too but it’s just a little too repetitive for me. It’s definitely a great choice if quick strength gains are what you’re after. But now I’m following Thinner, Leaner, Stronger and plan to for a while.
I’ve even stuck with my 2-3 HIIT workouts a week for the last 3 weeks and that’s crazy talk. I typically skip any and all cardio but I’m motivated and determined these days and running actually makes me feel really good.
Weekly Workout Recap #4: Thinner, Leaner, Stronger
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Since I hadn’t been doing a lot of heavy lifting prior to starting this I started each of the big exercises (squats, deadlifts, etc.) with the barbell only (~45#) and I’ve been working up from there. I make sure to log each workout so I know how much weight I lifted that day and whether it felt too light or not. This helps me determine what I should lift next time to keep me lifting in the lower rep range.
I typically do 4 strength workouts per week and 2-3 simple treadmill HIIT workouts.
- Day One: Chest + Triceps (plus HIIT)
- Day Two: Back, Butt, Bis + Abs (plus HIIT)
- Day Three: Shoulders + Calves (plus HIIT)
- Day Four: Legs, Butt + Abs
I started in the 8-10 rep range but I’m working down to the 4-8 rep range this week.
On Tuesday of this week I noticed that I’m starting to get some definition again. Yesssss!
The line might be faint but it’s there and it makes me happy!
Equipment used for Thinner, Leaner, Stronger workouts:
- Adjustable bench (ours is Bowflex)
- Homemade squat rack – my husband is a welder ;)
- Olympic lifting bar
- Bumper plates (bumpers are optional of course but we prefer these over standard plates – the rubber coating is nice in a home gym)
- Adjustable dumbbells (we use Bowflex)
- Thinner Leaner Stronger (the super crazy informative book!)
Hope your workouts are going well this week!